Murderers’ Row: The Greatest Emmy Awards Lineups Ever

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Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, 2012

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, 2012

The Lineup: Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey - winner)

Both The Good Wife and Downton Abbey have operated at the margins of what we consider New Golden Age dramas — the former on one of the Big Three broadcast networks, the latter a British import that has ended up on PBS. But each is anchored by a deep bench of impressive performances by very, very different actors — Baranski, Panjabi, Froggat, and winner Smith have almost nothing in common besides talent. In between them stand the key players in AMC's most important dramas, Gunn and Hendricks. That's a crew to remember.

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